We are very lucky to have such active and supportive governors at Ashcott who give up their time willingly. The composition of the Governing Body ensures representation from a cross-section of the community. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected by the governors. There are half termly meetings of the full governing body and termly meetings of working parties to consider a variety of matters concerned with the running of the school.  Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find out more about the governors and their role in school.  More information can be found on the DfE Ashcott Primary page - click here...

Name Type Role Pecuniary Interests?
Mr Wayne Thompson Co-opted Governor


Business Working Party

Mrs Alison Evans LA Appointed Governor

Vice Chairperson

Business Working Party

Mr Paul Stevens Parent Elected Governor

Health and Safety Governor

Teaching and Learning Working Party

Mrs Sarah Jones Parent Elected Governor

Business Working Party


Mr Jon Davis Parent Elected Governor

Business Working Party

 SEND/CLA Governor

The school employs a sports coach from Mr Davis' sports coaching company (TLE).  However, this arrangement began before his commencement as a governor.
Mr Duncan Cameron Parent Elected Governor

Safeguarding Governor

Teaching and Learning Working Party


Mrs Adele Pole-Evans


Parent Elected Governor Teaching and Learning  Working Party


Mrs Elizabeth Whiting


Parent Elected Governor

Business Working Party
Mrs Serena Shore Staff Governor

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Teaching and Learning Working Party

Mr William Rogers Parent Elected Governor


Teaching and Learning Working Party


Mr Richard Briar Headteacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Business Working Party

Mrs Kate Bown




Wayne Thompson, Chairperson

I have been in place as a Governor since 2011 and as chair since 2014. I believe Ashcott School is a great place with a real emphasis placed upon ensuring that the children come first in everything that is done, this continuing ethos is key to achieving both academically and socially, and an ethos as a governor I fully support. I moved to Somerset in 2000 from Berkshire and two of my children previously attended Ashcott before moving on to Crispin. I am really keen on the role that the school takes within the community, it is important to maintain the really good spirit that is at the heart of what we do at Ashcott both as a school and a superb village.
Previously I ran the youth section at Ashcott FC for a number of years and I am secretary of the Ashcott Beer Festival committee that continues to raise funds for the school, the Playing Fields and for Cheeky Chimps Pre School. I have 4 Children, youngest of which is now 18, I live in Pedwell and work as an engineering Manager for British Airways at Heathrow Airport.


 I have lived in Ashcott for many years with my husband and my children who went to Ashcott School.  I have worked in computing for many years, formerly at a branch of Westland Helicopters and currently at the Blue School in Wells as an IT technician.  I have been treasurer at Cheeky Chimps Pre-School and have been on the Ashcott Beerfest Committee.  I was Chairperson of Ashcott School Governing Body for many years.

Alison Evans, Vice Chairperson

Sarah Jones

I was appointed as a Parent Governor here at Ashcott Primary School in 2012. I had previously served on the Governing Body at my sons’ primary school in Reading for four years before relocating here and decided that I again, wanted to play an important role in supporting my children’s school, where best I could.
I grew up here in Somerset and so after 10 years in Reading it is great to be back! I have three children; the eldest currently at Strode College, one at Crispin and the youngest here at Ashcott in Reception. I am very proactive as a Governor and volunteer on a regular basis with school activities, whether this be helping to set up the new library system, helping as a parent volunteer on trips or in class or for swimming lessons. As a qualified teacher myself, I hope that I am able to use my knowledge and experience to help make a positive contribution to the school’s development.

I have been a school governor since 2011 and I live in the village with my family. All 6 of our children had a great time at Ashcott School before progressing on to Crispin. As well as contributing to the governing body I am a lecturer and manage the post-A-Level Art Foundation course at Strode College and bring more than 26 years of teaching experience to the role.

I love this village and believe strongly in community and working together to achieve collective aims and have contributed as part of a number of village groups working to support the school. I have made many good friends working with the school PTA, the Neighbourhood Planning group and as ongoing chairman for the annual ‘Ashcott Beer Festival’, raising funds for the school, pre-school and Playing Fields. I am also an artist and when not in meetings or teaching I work as an illustrator, theatre prop-maker and sculptor. Instagram @brokensharkcage

Duncan Cameron


I have been a governor at Ashcott School since November 2014. As well as undertaking the role of Health and Safety governor in the last year, I have tried to get a grasp of the whole school by being part of the 'Business' and 'Teaching and Learning' working party groups. As a teacher for almost 20 years, I strongly believe in education and wanted to add to the positivity towards learning that my two children have experienced since joining the school in 2012. Having taught in Kent, Hertfordshire and Bristol before returning to the village where my wife grew up, I like the family atmosphere within Ashcott as well as the way my children are challenged to progress and achieve their full potential. My wife was the treasurer of SOAP (the schools PTA) and I am the treasurer of the Ashcott Beer Festival, so you could say, we as a family are dedicated to ensuring that all of the pupils at the school have all they need to succeed.

Paul Stevens


Jon Davis 

I am a Sports teacher at a local Secondary School and have been a governor at Ashcott for several years.  I had three daughters at Ashcott School and my wife was Chair of the PTA (SOAP) for 7 years.


Adele Pole-Evans

Elizabeth Whiting








Will Rogers 

Serena Shore, Deputy Headteacher

I was appointed as a Governor in November 2017 and have been a teacher at Ashcott Primary School since 2006. 

I am proud to have been Headteacher at Ashcott School since April 2010.  Prior to this I was Deputy Headteacher at St Cuthbert's Junior School in Wells for nearly 7 years.  I have taught in a variety of schools in Bristol, Street, Wells and now Ashcott.  I have been teaching in Primary Education since 1995.

We have built a strong governing body that performs its role of critical friend effectively and strives to ensure children receive the best education we can offer.  I believe it is the strength of the community in the Ashcott area which enables us to create such a wonderful setting where the children can thrive. 

Richard Briar, Headteacher